Dr. Matthew Wallenstein is a research scientist for CSU’s Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability. Wallenstein’s research and teaching focus on understanding the ecology of microbes and applying that understanding to predict and mitigate climate change feedbacks, and to develop solutions to improve food security, environmental restoration, soil health, and human health. Wallenstein has been awarded over 25 grants and awards in support of his research and teaching, including the prestigious CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. He serves on the editorial boards of several leading journals, and is incoming president of the Soil Ecology Society.
Wallenstein received his B.A. in Geosciences from Franklin & Marshall College in 1996. He earned his Ph.D in Ecology from Duke University in 2004.